Dy­ing pen­sioner’s plea over can­cer

Oldham Advertiser - - NEWS -

LAWYERS are ap­peal­ing to the for­mer col­leagues of a dy­ing pen­sioner to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

Stu­art Good­win be­lieves he de­vel­oped mesothe­lioma – an in­cur­able as­bestos-re­lated can­cer – while work­ing at the iconic for­mer Co-op head­quar­ters 50 years ago.

The 74-year-old worked as an elec­tri­cian in the 1960s – in­clud­ing as a con­trac­tor on Manch­ester’s CIS tower.

His so­lic­i­tors are now search­ing for his for­mer work­mates in or­der to gather ev­i­dence about their work­ing con­di­tions.

The re­tired elec­tri­cian, from Old­ham, worked for CWS En­gi­neer­ing Ltd be­tween 1961 and 1963 on the con­struc­tion of the CIS Build­ing on Miller Street in Manch­ester city cen­tre.

He then worked for S Barnes and Co, an elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor of Turner Street, Shude­hill, Manch­ester, un­til 1966.

Mr Good­win was re­spon­si­ble for ser­vic­ing hairdry­ers in sa­lons through­out Manch­ester and Bolton as well as on cruise lin­ers in the Liver­pool docks.

Fol­low­ing his can­cer di­ag­no­sis, Mr Good­win in­structed industrial dis­ease spe­cial­ists Thomp­sons So­lic­i­tors to in­ves­ti­gate a claim for com­pen­sa­tion on be­half of him, his wife and two chil­dren.

The firm be­lieves he was ex­posed to as­bestos dust dur­ing his em­ploy­ment at both CWS En­gi­neer­ing and S Barnes and Co.

The pen­sioner said: “I had no idea at the time that work­ing with as­bestos could re­sult in me de­vel­op­ing this hor­rific dis­ease.

“It’s a very dis­tress­ing time for me and my fam- ily.” He is now ap­peal­ing for any­one who worked for the same firms, at around the same time, to come for­ward.

Alison Barnard, from Thomp­sons So­lic­i­tors, said: “Any in­for­ma­tion from for­mer work­mates at ei­ther com­pany may be vi­tal in help­ing to en­sure that Mr Good­win and his fam­ily are sup­ported in their claim to hold his for­mer em­ploy­ers to ac­count for his ill­ness.”

Any­body who may have any rec­ol­lec­tion about the con­di­tions at CWS En­gi­neer­ing Ltd and S Barnes & Co should con­tact Ms Barnard on 0161 819 3512.

●● Stu­art Good­win in his younger days

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